One fo the movements sweeping through the Open Hardware world is that of the hackerspace: a place where people can communially work on hardware, sharing tools, resources, expertise and encouragement. In Atlanta we have FreeSide Atlanta. From their Meetup Page:

Freeside Technology Spaces, Inc., a non-profit organization, strives to be the best in providing resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the Atlanta community, through  workshops, collaborative projects,  and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

So check out their blog. They also have a wiki.

Upcoming FreeSide Atlanta Meetups

Events - Freeside Atlanta

Events - Freeside Atlanta
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    Join us at our monthly CryptoParty gathering! What is a CryptoParty? For more information, check this out:

    It's an informal, non-commercial gathering where folks can discuss select topics in privacy, information security and technology.

    Some of these topics include:

    Anonymity: is pure anonymity possible in the Brave New World?

    Browser Security: setting tweaks, hacks, considerations

    Countersurveillance: techniques to baffle and thwart your adversaries

    Dead Drops: USB and otherwise

    Encryption: for email and hard drives

    Internet Cash Schemes: bitcoin, advantages and disadvantages

    Steganography: hidden messages in plain sight

    Symbolic Communication: a public post of red flowers means...

    Virtual Private Networks: how do you use one and how effective are they?

    Whistleblowing: considerations when leaking sensitive information

    If you're at all the least bit concerned about the government scooping up all your internet activity to build a detailed dossier on you and kept on file indefinitely ready to use whenever you get labeled a "terrorist" - then CryptoParty is for you.

    Please consider a $5 donation towards our internet and legal defense fund!

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Thursday, October 19 at 8:00 PM


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    Kanji (the Chinese characters used in Japanese) are beautiful, complex, and very interesting. Each has at least one story, and you can add your own.

    Here is a neat pair:  忍者: ninja!

    Come to learn: 
    - history of kanji in Japan 
    - ways to efficiently memorize the meanings of, and ways to write, kanji 
    - why adult foreigners should not study kanji like Japanese children
    - a description of another three steps (learning kanji is first) to learning Japanese, if you feel like it.

    Whether you want to speak and read Japanese, or whether you just want some insight into how kanji work, and maybe to learn one or a few specific kanji, you will enjoy this meetup. 

    The cost of this class is $4 for non-members and is FREE for Freeside members. If you're a Freeside member and would like to take this class, please email to be added.


    Participants at the last Meetup said:

    "Dagmar's kanji meetup was entertaining, informative, and convinced me that learning kanji is easy and fun. I'd happily show up for a kanji study group that uses the technique Dagmar described." - shapr

    “It was great. It definitely took away some of the mystery of how to learn kanji.” - Cory

    “Learned a lot and gained quite a few takeaways.” - Norma Easter

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Friday, October 20 at 7:00 PM


    Price: 4.00 USD

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    MIG Welding for Beginners is a regular class series that focuses on the fundamentals of MIG welding through basic safety training, hands-on use, and practice with a MIG welding machine.

    This class focuses on learning the fundamentals of safety and tool prep needed to get started performing MIG welding on carbon steel

    In this class, you will learn how to safely set up a welding work piece, run a bead, weld small steel plates together at different 90 degree angles, and set the machine for different work types (i.e. thicknesses of steel). The participants will weld several practice joints and a final test piece out of carbon steel strips that they get to to take home to demonstrate the fundamental joints of welding.

    Meetup Details: 
    + Every 1st and 3rd Saturdays 
    + $120 (pay on the Meetup page) 
    + Dominic Ryder is the instructor

    What to Wear (required):
    + Long-sleeve 100% cotton button-up shirt (denim or flannel works great)
    + Long work pants
    + Leather or closed toed work shoes
    + Hair pulled back
    + No jewelry

    Atlanta, GA 30310 - USA

    Saturday, October 21 at 12:00 PM


    Price: 120.00 USD